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From the ‘Nation of Poets’ to Trump’s America, One Somali-Born Writer Is Giving Refugees a Voice

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about the president’s “tribal rhetoric” with author Boyah Farah and discusses how Farah uses nonfiction to combat refugee stereotypes. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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Local Leaders in Los Angeles Stand Up to Trump’s Anti-Immigration Plan


Rather than go along with the president’s program, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials have intensified their opposition.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE

Children Detained 500 Days and Counting in U.S. Immigrant Detention Centers


Lawyers are calling the heavy-handed approach of immigration authorities toward these youngsters—the youngest is only 3—unprecedented.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE

Mexico’s Zapatistas to Use Organic Coffee to Give Trump the Middle Finger


The indigenous resistance group will sell colorfully named “100 percent Zapatista coffee, cultivated in Zapatista lands by Zapatista hands” to raise funds for a cause sure to get under the president’s thin skin.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE

Farmers Suffer From a Shortage of Workers, but Native-Born Americans Don’t Want the Jobs


Although wages for farm work are rising, Trump’s immigration policy is decimating an already tight labor pool, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE

The First Brick in the Wall


The Trump administration has solicited bids for the first $600 million of work on the wall planned for the U.S.-Mexican border.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Awkward Meeting With German Chancellor Angela Merkel


President Trump slipped up and called the U.S. a “company,” ignored Merkel’s request for a handshake and said a German reporter’s question was based on “fake news.”

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE

Irish Prime Minister Criticizes Trump’s Immigration Policy in White House Speech (Video)

In his St. Patrick’s Day speech Thursday—with the president at his side—Enda Kenny (pictured, right) delved into the history of Irish immigration to the U.S.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Smoke ’Em Out









Posted on Mar 17, 2017 ENLARGE    

Rising Above Racism Is Imperative for Human Societies


Scapegoating immigrants absolves the true culprits—neoliberal capitalism and corporate greed—from blame. But this is too simplistic.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Budget Proposal Puts Border Wall and War Machine First, America’s Most Vulnerable Last


His $1.15 trillion spending plan cuts programs that help those in need while redirecting tax dollars to wage war on undocumented immigrants and boost military funding by billions.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE

What’s Next for California in the Immigration Fight

The Truthdig editorial team sat down with the Rev. Martin Garcia, a grass-roots organizer for the Los Angeles immigrant support group LA Voice.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Get Used to It, America: Brown People Are Here to Stay


Guided by the xenophobic ideology of such advisers as Steve Bannon, President Trump is pushing back against inevitable changes.

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 READ MORE

What Syrian Refugees Think of Trump’s Refugee Ban


A wave of anger reportedly swept through Syrian refugee camps in southern Lebanon after news of the president’s revised travel ban.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE

How Much Does California Value Its Immigrants?

Lawyer and labor rights professor Victor Narro joined Truthdig on Thursday to discuss the state’s response to the president’s immigration crackdown.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Russell Brand Pokes Holes in Trump and Fox News’ Anti-Immigrant Narratives (Video)

“Isn’t it so extraordinary to learn that there’s no real correlation between immigration and violent crime?” the “Trews” host says.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Why Trump’s Revised Executive Order Is Still a Racist Muslim Ban


Whether or not the new travel ban stands up in the courts, it is a piece of sordid bigotry.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 READ MORE

Immigrant Detainees Subjected to Forced Labor in Private Prisons, Lawsuit Claims


The class-action suit also alleges Immigration and Customs Enforcement played a part in violating anti-slavery laws.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE

Sikh American Shot in His Driveway by White Gunman


Sikhs are not Muslim, but they often are targeted in Islamophobic hate crimes.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Administration Weighs Separating Mothers From Children at the U.S.-Mexico Border


Parents could be kept in custody during deportation or asylum hearings, while children would be removed to another setting.

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 READ MORE

Door of Demons [a cartoon from Mexico]









Posted on Mar 4, 2017 ENLARGE

ICE Agents in Police Jackets Seize Undocumented Man Near His Daughter’s School


Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez (pictured) had just dropped one of his children off when Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested him in Los Angeles.

Posted on Mar 3, 2017 READ MORE

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Deportations Have Some Communities Questioning Their Support for Trump


As the president’s crackdown spreads fear across the country, one Illinois town helps free a detained immigrant.

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 READ MORE

Don’t Be Fooled by Trump’s Talk of ‘Unity’


The president played on themes of harmony in his first address to Congress, but recent incidents of violence and bigotry tell a different story.

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 READ MORE

Watch President Trump’s First Major Address to Congress

Although not exactly a State of the Union address, the speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night bore a close resemblance to one.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump’s War on Immigrants Has Already Reached the Supreme Court


A series of cases on the current docket—not the president’s “Muslim ban”—has brought the contentious issue of immigration to the nation’s top court.

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 READ MORE

Watch: Trump’s CPAC Speech

The president attacked the press and riled up the crowd Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Sweden Attacks! (Video)









Posted on Feb 23, 2017 ENLARGE

Mexico Says Deporting Non-Mexicans to Mexico Is a ‘Non-Starter’


On the eve of a meeting between Mexico’s president and American officials, Mexico rejected the latest U.S. immigration proposal.

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 READ MORE

Challenging Trump on Immigration

Emily Robinson and Alejandro Barajas, both of the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, met with Truthdig on Thursday to discuss plans to fight the president’s new policies.

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

By Hunting Down the Law-Abiding Undocumented, Trump Harms Us All (Video)


Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s ramping up of deportation measures contains many hidden dangers.

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 READ MORE

Welcome to the Police State of America for Immigrants


Donald Trump’s new orders give immigration officials and local cops around the country new and almost unlimited power to enforce a vague law.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Administration’s New Immigration Plans, Part 2


The president released two memorandums Tuesday, expanding the crackdown on undocumented immigrants. Here is the plan for enforcing immigration laws. Read Part 1 below, on the plan for implementing border security.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Administration’s New Immigration Plans, Part 1


The president released two memorandums Tuesday, expanding the crackdown on undocumented immigrants. Here is the plan to implement border security. Read Part 2 above, on the plan for enforcing immigration laws.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 READ MORE

Sweden Becomes the New Poster Country for the U.S. Immigration Debate


Riots in a Swedish suburb Tuesday reinforced conservative arguments for stricter immigration policy, and Donald Trump’s falsehoods are getting lost in the shuffle.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Administration Issues ‘Sweeping Rewrite’ of Immigration Policies


New guidelines expand the current crackdown on undocumented immigration and increase the number of people who can be deported.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 READ MORE

Republicans Push a Corporate Tax Plan That Could Cost Americans a Bundle

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

Here’s what you should know about the so-called “border adjustment tax.”

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump Lied About Immigrant Crime and Terror Attack on Sweden That Never Happened


It is clear that the president and his advisers despise Sweden and Germany for sheltering more than their fair share of refugees since the crisis began.

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 READ MORE

Santa Monica, Calif., Moves to Dump Wells Fargo Over DAPL Funding


The city’s progressive agenda includes a new measure to shield residents from discriminatory acts by the Trump administration.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 READ MORE

Hispanic House Democrats Blast ‘Dictatorial Shenanigans’ at Immigration Meeting


Two members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are banned from a major discussion of immigration raids and detentions.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 READ MORE

Immigration Agency Quietly Accelerates Deportations of Central American Mothers and Children


Three families are to be expelled Friday, including a 19-year-old mother and her toddler.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE

Court Takes Trump to the Woodshed for a Lesson on Judicial Review


The “Muslim ban” has been addressed under a time-honored scrutiny. But with the president’s team sending mixed signals, the question is: Has the administration learned anything?

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE

Melissa McCarthy Skewers Sean Spicer Again on ‘Saturday Night Live’

The comedian, whose first impersonation of the White House press secretary went viral, zeroes in on President Trump’s travel ban and the Ivanka Trump-Nordstrom debacle.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

In Trump Times, the Enemies of Our Enemies Are Not Necessarily Our Friends


How can we recognize who our allies are in the mixed-up world of the new president?

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 READ MORE

Court Rules Against Trump, Keeping Immigration Ban on Hold for Now


The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sides with a lower court, saying that reinstating the ban—even temporarily—would cause harm.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE

Los Angeles City Council Prepares Defenses Against Trump’s Policies


The council takes steps to protect against faith-based discrimination and provide aid to travelers detained at LAX.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Tweets Are a Sideshow: His Executive Orders Are Building a Corporate State


The Trump era heralds a growing assault on basic government and progressive values.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Feb 7, 2017 ENLARGE    

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